Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, is in the frame to take John Buchanans place in the Kolkata Knight Riders set-up. According to sources, Akram and John Wright, who has captained New Zealand and coached India, are the only prominent candidates left to be interviewed by principal owner Shah Rukh Khan and his team. One expects this process, which includes a presentation by the hopefuls, to be completed by the end of this week. Till the other day, Wright (55) was the frontrunner to succeed Buchanan, whod been the franchises head of cricket operations until his sacking two months ago. However, impressive presentations by Richard Pybus and Duncan Fletcher have opened up the race somewhat. Clearly, Akram has the advantage of stature and age, besides being one from the region. Bonding in the dressing room, therefore, wont be an issue.